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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts in preparedness and readiness have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus.

As part of the Department-wide, layered response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and others are actively working to protect the nation.

CBP, and CWMD which houses the Department's Chief Medical Officer, are providing direct support to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) efforts by conducting enhanced health screenings at 13 major airports.  At and between all air, land, and sea Ports of Entry (POE), CBP Officers (CBPO) and Border Patrol Agents (BPA) continue to identify and refer individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, or a travel history to China, Iran, or certain European countries in the past 14 days to CDC or local public health officials for enhanced health screening.

The routing of all flights with passengers who have recently been in China, Iran, and certain European countries through select airports with established resources, procedures and personnel is an important, prudent step DHS is taking actively to decrease the strain on public health officials screening incoming travelers and protecting the American public.

 

Last Published Date: April 3, 2020

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